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Thu, Apr 16 | By Amy Lieberman | 193

NEW YORK -- Airplanes just got a little bit furrier. Pet Airways has announced it is launching the first pet-only airline service, with flights going to five major cities: New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
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Nation's First Pet Airline Takes Off This Summer
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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

this is wonderful but i would not let my pet go without me. the attendents maybe wonderful but do not know your pets. i hope they have had some training

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Irineyuma
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Irineyuma
5 years ago

This is a great idea.People and pets need this.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
5 years ago

This is going to begin this coming Tuesday, the 14th. Hope it's broadcasted so we can all witness this " maiden voyage".

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Erica M.
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Erica M.
5 years ago

I am surprised so many pets travel by air. I wonder what the circumstances are that lead people to transport pets by plane. Are 2 million pets traveling because their humans are relocating? I can't imagine people are doing this for vacations.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

many people who show there pets fly them from show to show

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Nicole F.
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Nicole F.
5 years ago

I have never considered putting my pets on a plane, I'd rather drive with them to monitor their safety and anxiety. My concern would be the qualifications of the pet attendents: will they be certified in pet first aid? In addition, I would have liked to hear a bit more of what kind of safety measures are on board the plane in case the worst should happen. I'd want to know absolutely everything I could before I purchased a ticket for one of my pets. I think this is definitely a novel idea, it certainly makes sense.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

since this article southwest airlines has done them one better and is allowing pets small enough to fit under the seat can be carried on and not be charged. they are conciderd like carry on luggage

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
5 years ago

That is good news about southwest as long as you are traveling with a small pet. I would rather have my dog with me.

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

I really think that this is a great idea, although i'd still not want my furry babies to fly without me.

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Roz A.
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Roz A.
5 years ago

I have had info for this airline for a couple of years, and have been waiting to see when they will begin operating!

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jackie
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jackie
5 years ago

I just saw on our news last nite this about to start

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

I'd love to see an update on this at the end of summer. I don't fly at all but maybe if I needed to get a cat from point A to point B fast I "might" give it some thought, if you've ever driven with a howling cat you know that 5 miles can seem like 500!

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jackie
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jackie
5 years ago

I dont know . Frankly I dont think I can let my pets travel alone. After all they lose luggage. I think Ill stay close to home.But it sounds like a good idea for those who travel.

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Stacy H.
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Stacy H.
5 years ago

I agree, if I cannot fly with my pet I'll just stay home or drive. I don't board my dogs and I sure would not turn them over to strangers to transport them.

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

I agree with you ....I wouldn't board my dogs either, and I sure wouldn't want them to fly without me or in the cargo area...

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Midwestwoman
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Midwestwoman
5 years ago

Interesting concept, and it will probably "take off!"

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Krista
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Krista
5 years ago

This is really neat, but I wish that I could stay with my pet, I mean we are all going to the same place, why can't they put people passengers on the plane as well?

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

I agree with you on that....I think it's a great idea, but I would like to be able to travel with my pet too....I just don't like leaving them for something like this...

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Roz A.
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Roz A.
5 years ago

I believe they accommodate humans with their pets, you just have to pay extra for your seat.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
5 years ago

I totally agree with you.

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Irineyuma
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Irineyuma
5 years ago

This is a great idea. Many people with their pets so need this.
I with my pets will be happy to use so pet airlines service too.

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Jennifer L.
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Jennifer L.
5 years ago

That is pretty awesome. When we travel we always want to take our pet but I just can't allow her to travel with cargo. I would be worried sick about her. I think this is a great idea. It beats leaving her at the kennel.

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

Great idea!

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
5 years ago

Certainly a better way for pets to travel than in a plane's cargo hold. Actually was just reading in the May/June issue of "Best Friends" magazine that Pet Airways and Best Friends have formed a partnership. "Pet Airways has made a financial commitment to Best Friends and will also be donating flights to help transport resuced animals....This will not only provide a safe, comfortable and fast way to transport animals, but also a big cost savings for the organization."

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
5 years ago

I think that Best Friends getting involved speaks volumes. They make very wise choices with the animals welfare coming first and foremost.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
5 years ago

I have had the good fortune to visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in beautiful Kanub Utah twice. A place of great serenity despite some 2,000 rescued animals calling it home. On so many levels, including organization, they do animal rescue right.

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Hopeanne74
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Hopeanne74
5 years ago

I agree, I think this is a good idea but I would want to be traveling with my pet. I don't want to trust them to some stranger who I don't know will take good care or any care of them. Why can't we fly with them?

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

i agree hope this is a wonderful thing but i would not put them on a plane without me. what if my flight came in way later then theirs.

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Amber
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Amber
5 years ago

i've gotta agree with the general consensus. it's definitely a step up from anything that's out there, but the idea of having my critters on a separate plane, surrounded by strange people and animals...that sounds only marginally less terrifying for them. now, an airline specifically for people and ets traveling together, where they could fly in the cabin *together*...that would be phenominal!

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di
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di
5 years ago

I was and never willing to place my pet in pet cargo, I flew and paid the price of the seat next to me so she could stay in her portable/cloth pet crate in which she is under thirty pounds. She sat strapped in with the seat belt and had a nice flight.
I think more airlines should do this. I carried her on board just as you would a suit bag or a large purse.

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Rorioli
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Rorioli
4 years ago

Could I ask which airline allowed you to purchase a seat for your pet? I have never been able to do that. They either allow me to have her on a carry-on under the seat in front of me, or she'll have to travel in the cargo.
Thanks

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judi v.
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judi v.
5 years ago

My two goldens won't fit under the seat! And I won't put them in cargo. Good idea for those who want to have it....just a little risky. Why do you have to pick them up in a lounge? Why can't you be with them all the time? Hope the commercial airlines realize this and make more room for our pets on board....with us!

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Jessica Z.
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Jessica Z.
5 years ago

It's a great idea in theory, but I would still be nervous - losing your luggage is one thing but if I lost my pet on a flight, I'd be devastated. Plus, while the employees may be great people, there's always a chance of having someone hired that slips up or just doesn't really care. It happens with vet clinics, groomers, borders, etc. and so it will happen here eventually. Sorry for the rambling, it's a cool idea if you don't mind leaving your pet in their care.

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5ineveryroom
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5ineveryroom
5 years ago

This souns like a great idea, but couldn't the animals still get lost? The airlines lose baggage all of the time, so it seems like there would be a chance that your animal might not make it to your destination at the same time you do.

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Kristen S.
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Kristen S.
5 years ago

YAH YAH YAH.......a week of doggie day care when we go home back home is $225.00 or more...to have my pup with me would be so awesome...! I am sooo excited...cant wait till this takes off!

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Tawny N.
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Tawny N.
5 years ago

neat idea! I could never fly with my dog in the cargo area! This is a much better option!

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

I'm still somewhat leary of this. It seems that there would still be room for losing a pet or someone mishandling it. I'd feel safer traveling with my furbaby.

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5ineveryroom
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5ineveryroom
5 years ago

I agree. Wouldn't it be just as easy for airlines to update part of the cargo section and turn it into a pet section. They could add the same climate controls and air purifying systems that they already have in he cabin and then people could have larger dogs on the same plane as them. The animals would be more comfortable and safer than being left with he baggage.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
5 years ago

as i said before this is a wonderful concept but i would still not want my pets flying without me. that would be perfect if they would allow this

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Joyce
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Joyce
5 years ago

I hope this works out for the airline. it looks nice for pets

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Lherbertson
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Lherbertson
5 years ago

I'd sacrifice my comfort to travel with my dog. I don't care if I have to sit on the floor. This still has the potential for the dog to get lost or mistreated.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

I have to say, I have the same feeling!

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Lynn
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Lynn
5 years ago

I love this idea. One of my biggest fears is if I have to fly on a plane, "what about my babies"....as I know how they can be handled in the cargo area (since I worked on military planes)...I want to know my babies are handled gently & with little stress.

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KELLY W.
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KELLY W.
5 years ago

Great idea and I hope a lot of people use the airlines.

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Cindy C.
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Cindy C.
5 years ago

That is such a cool service! I could see myself using it!

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
5 years ago

i think this is a great idea. I fly my cat with me everywhere and stay at the Westin. I couldn't enjoy my vacations when I feared for my pets safety. I had one get feline aids while she was being cared for at a pet hotel. So after that I decided to have a friend take care of my cat and her son let it out and it was never found. That was it. This one travels with me.

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Erika H.
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Erika H.
5 years ago

I think it's a Great idea!!! you can let your pets on a plane easily! i would just want to be with them though

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Joyce
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Joyce
5 years ago

it would be scarey, to just leave your pet

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

I agree, Joyce! I couldn't just leave my baby like that. I'd want him to fly right along with me!

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Kattie D.
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Kattie D.
5 years ago

Cool Idea! Rather have my pet with me in the cabin when I'm flying though, if that could be possible

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Melissa D.
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Melissa D.
5 years ago

This is a great idea! However, I'm still not sure how many people would use it. Still makes me nervous at the thought of my dogs being on a plane. I guess I'm not much of a plane person myself!

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GuineaPig
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GuineaPig
5 years ago

This is a good idea. The airplane should also go to Austin, Houston, Orlando and Boise.

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Hking
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Hking
5 years ago

I think this is a wonderful idea. I love to see that people are considering how the animals feel in these types of situations, however I am curious to see if the concept will take off.

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Edie Jo N.
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Edie Jo N.
5 years ago

Interesting. I don't like the idea of animals in the cargo area.

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Yerpik
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Yerpik
5 years ago

Interesting concept, I am interesting in seeing if this lasts.

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kelly m.
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kelly m.
5 years ago

I have been fortunate, I have had to take Riley on planes several times...and he has been able to fly in cabin...yet you do pay for a "seat" for him. Since our pets are such a big part of most peoples lives, it is great to see that companies are looking at ways to accomodate them. It would be hard to be separated from them.

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Buster and Kitty c.
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Buster and Kitty c.
5 years ago

I think this is a great opportunity for people to be able to take their pets on vacation but i can definately see that there will be some problems that have not been mentioned yet.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
5 years ago

Great idea & I hope this spreads...I'd be so afraid to put my pets in cargo...I've heard such horrible things happening there.

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Jean P.
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Jean P.
5 years ago

i think it a great idea.

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Joyce
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Joyce
5 years ago

me too, I hope it works out

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Evelync
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Evelync
5 years ago

This is a good idea,I'm sure they would sell tickets

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Jamie R.
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Jamie R.
5 years ago

I think this is a great idea. When I moved across country I had to take my cats with me. I did not feel comfortable with having them in the loud, cramped cargo of the place. However stowing them underneath the seat in front of me was equally as hard for me to do and still traumatic for the little guys. If you must fly out your animals I think this airline is a great idea.

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Robin W.
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Robin W.
5 years ago

This sounds like a good idea for those who travel with their pets. I would not want to take the risk of my dog flying in the cargo section of a regular plane.

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Norrie
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Norrie
5 years ago

Hope this new business works out well!

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Nick & Ashlee K.
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Nick & Ashlee K.
5 years ago

this could be pretty fun to have my pet come with me on a long trip.

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Tramthai
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Tramthai
5 years ago

i think that this would be a fun idea. but i think if i were going across the country it would most likely be for vacation and i would probably find a petsitter while i was gone. but if i was moving across country then this would be fabulous!

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